Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russia intends to introduce criminal responsibility for imports of sanctioned goods

    The Ministry of Finance of Russia has prepared a bill that provides for the introduction of a criminal penalty for the import of sanctioned goods into the Russian Federation. The document was published on the Russian federal portal of drafts of normative legal acts.

    The Ministry proposed to supplement the criminal code with Article 226.2 on the violation of the prohibition on the turnover of certain categories of goods in the Russian Federation established in accordance with the legislation of …

  • Russia threatens to break ties with Dutch museums over Holland’s intention to return the Scythian gold to Ukraine

    The Minister of Culture of Russia, Vladimir Medinsky, argues that the continuation of inter-museum relations with Holland is impossible if the court decides not to return the collection of Scythian gold to the Crimean museums, as he stated during an interview with the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

    “This concerns an unprecedented alienation of museum values. It can only be compared with museum thefts of the times of the Italian campaigns of Napoleon or fascist aggression. I believe that the …

  • Former Russian Finance Minister: There is a shortage of money for pension payments in Russia

    In an interview with newspaper Argumenty i Fakty, Former Russian Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) Alexei Kudrin has spoken about a funding shortage in the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation.

    Kudrin replied to a question of whether Russia retained enough financial resources "for a modest pension for seniors”, Kudrin responded: "I will tell you straight: yes, there is none left." He stressed that in 2016 "the state violated its obligations for the …

  • Kremlin: Putin has influence over the separatist republics in eastern Ukraine

    The Russian President Press Secretary has said that Vladimir Putin has influence on the leaders of the LPR and DPR separatist republics.

    Commenting on Putin's recent talks with militants over the exchange of prisoners, Dmitry Peskov said that the influence is "not unlimited."

    "The president has never concealed that he has the opportunity to handle appeals, the ability to exert a certain influence - not unlimited, but definite," the spokesman said.

    Peskov said that the Kremlin "does not have …

  • US State Department: Russia does not understand law on foreign agents

    Russia is misinterpreting the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), which creates transparency but does not restrict freedom of speech or prevent the spread of information, an official US State Department representative told TASS.

    The State Department spokesperson was commenting on the amendments adopted in Russia which make it possible to recognize overseas media as foreign agents.

    According to the representative, in official Russian statements this bill is connected to the demand to “ …

  • Russia prepares to recognize Radio Liberty project Krym.Realii as a foreign agent

    The Russian Ministry of Justice of Russia has sent a notice to the Radio Liberty project Krym.Realii as well as Radio Liberty’s Tatar-Bashkir service that the two publications may be recognized as foreign agents, reported RIA Novosti, citing a source in the department.

    The projects Idel.Realii and Kavkaz.Realii, Voice of America, and Current Time, a joint project between Radio Liberty and Voice of America, as well as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were also warned earlier.

    The day prior, the …

  • WADA refuses to lift suspension of Russia’s anti-doping agency

    The Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency or WADA decided not to restore the rights of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency or RUSADA.

    Leaving in force the decision on RUSADA, the Foundation Board noted the absence among Russian sports functionaries of the "unconditional recognition of the conclusions from the McLaren report," the BBC reports.

    RUSADA activity was suspended in November 2015 after the independent WADA commission published a report that revealed a state-supported system of …

  • Lavrov admits that Russia has no proof of U.S. collusion with ISIS

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov admitted that Moscow has no evidence of U.S. collusion with ISIS militant terrorists, reported Interfax news agency.

    At the same time, the Russian Foreign Minister noted that the actions of the Western coalition led by the United States in Syria makes Russian aviation tactics more difficult.

    According to the news agency, Lavrov responded to reporters’ questions about a British Air Force report that 250 ISIS militants were allowed to leave the city of …

  • Washington: US State Department follows up the adoption of Russian law on foreign agent media

    The Department of State is closely following the fate of the Russian law on foreign agents, RIA Novosti reports, citing a department representative.

    "We are closely following this bill to see whether it will be adopted and how it will be implemented," he said.

    According to him, the State Department informed its Russian partners that "FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act in the United States) promotes transparency without limiting freedom of speech."

    Previously, the State Duma adopted, in …

  • Serbia wants to recognize the Crimea as part of the Russian Federation

    Serbian Parliament Deputy Alexander Šešelj informed Russian newspaper Izvestia that his country's politicians wanted to officially recognize the Crimea as Russian.

    The Serbian Radical Party drafted a statement for the forthcoming meeting of the National Assembly of the Serbian Parliament that intends to emphasize the difference between the "reunification" of the Crimea with Russia and the violent secession of Kosovo.

    "Belgrade cannot expect Moscow to support the disputed territorial issues …